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Top Ten Facts About Doctor Strange

Face front, true believers! Class is in session! Let’s call this “Doctor Strange 101”, an introduction to the newest member of the “Marvel movie-verse”, although, as you’ll soon learn, the sorcerer supreme is one of the oldest heroes. So, to get you up to speed before heading to the multiplex, we’re giving you a top ten list of facts about the “master of mystic arts”. First, a look at his lineage….

1. Doctor Strange Has Lots Of “Magic Hero” Predecessors Let’s go back over a 100 years, when magicians where a popular part of live entertainment. Many real-life stage performers like Houdini and Blackstone branched out into the printed page, starring in fictional exploits via booklets called “penny dreadfuls” which became the lurid pulp novels. In 1931 a radio show presented the adventures of the mysterious “Chandu the Magician” (one big fan was young Stan Lee). Edmund Lowe battled master
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Scream Season 2 Episode 13 Review: Halloween Special

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So much for the Scream franchise finally leaving a killer alive. Kieran lasted all of about 30 seconds. 

We still don't know who killed him, but we did get a fun Halloween special out of the deal. 

Sure it was a little predictable, but there were some surprises, too. 

Scream Season 2 Episode 13 felt more like a TV remake of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer than an installment of the Scream franchise. 

The group was stranded on an island in a storm during the offseason, there was a fisherman, Gina arrived late just like Ray did, and shears are close enough to a hook. 

It was clearly intentional, but you have to love that Noah referenced every movie from Friday the 13th to And Then There Were None with no mention of the franchise they were spoofing. 

It's like the killer is combining these two legends into one brand new murder spree.
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Impressions: Scream: The TV Series’ Halloween Special is Filled With Plenty of Tricks and Treats for Fans

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It’s no secret that I adore MTV’s Scream: The TV Series, as I recently prattled on about its virtues here. The second season recently wrapped up, and it was during the final Scream: After Dark (the chat/spoof show that airs right after each new episode of Scream) when we learned that all the Lakewood survivors would be reuniting in October for a very special Scream Halloween two-hour episode.

The special airs on Tuesday night (10/18) at 9:00pm Et, and for those of you who enjoy Scream: The TV Series, you should undoubtedly have fun with this special series event, as it does a great job of keeping the initial Scream storyline going, but also gives us a bit of a one-off storyline as well, just in time for everyone’s favorite horror-filled holiday.

*Spoiler Warning: While I would never include spoilers related to the Scream Halloween Special here,
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[TV Review] The “Scream” Halloween Special is a Fun Diversion

[TV Review] The “Scream” Halloween Special is a Fun Diversion
MTV’s Scream returns tomorrow night for a two-hour Halloween special, bridging the gap between its second and upcoming third season. It is a standalone story for the most part, but it is bookended by scenes that tie into the main series arc.* Taking cues from films such as And Then There Were None and I Still Know What You […]
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FEARnyc 2016 Lineup Includes Hocus Pocus, The Lost Boys, Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

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Over 65 films, the new and the classics, will screen at FEARnyc 2016 horror film festival, including Nosferatu, Hocus Pocus, Dead Awake, Night of the Living Dead (1968), Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Lost Boys, just to name a few. Continue reading for the full list of films in the FEARnyc lineup.

From FEARnyc: "FEARnyc will be presented this Halloween season at New York City’s Cinema Village. From October 21-27, 2016 the event will feature screenings of 65+ new and classic horror films, cast appearances, special events and a tribute to horror icon, Wes Craven.

Some of the highlights include:

Screenings of Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Hocus Pocus, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Lost Boys, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3.

The premiere of Dead Awake, the new film from Final Destination writer Jeffrey Reddick.

A screening of The Exorcist which will begin with a seance with the audience led by a renowned psychic.
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Filming Begins on Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House,’ with Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson

Filming Begins on Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House,’ with Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson
London — The Agatha Christie renaissance continues.

Principal photography has started in Britain on a big-screen adaptation of the mystery author’s 1940s novel “Crooked House,” a whodunit centering on the murder of a rich, cantankerous old patriarch. The movie stars Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Max Irons and Stefanie Martini, among others.

The project is the latest Christie story set for translation to the screen. Last month, the BBC announced that it had green-lit a slate of seven Christie adaptations following the critical and ratings success of “And Then There Were None,” which aired in Britain last December. Big-screen treatments of “Witness for the Prosecution” and “Murder on the Orient Express,” both by Fox, are also being developed.

The first of the coming BBC series, “Ordeal by Innocence,” was rated by Christie as one of two personal favorites out of her considerable body of work. The other favorite was “Crooked House.
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BBC Greenlights Seven New Agatha Christie Adaptations

BBC Greenlights Seven New Agatha Christie Adaptations
Edinburgh, Scotland — And then there were seven more.

The BBC has commissioned a slate of new adaptations of works by mystery writer Agatha Christie following the critical and ratings success of star-studded thriller “And Then There Were None” for flagship channel BBC One last December. Agatha Christie Productions, the production arm of Agatha Christie Ltd., will deliver the seven new shows — to be aired on BBC One — over the next four years.

The first adaptation will be of the novel “Ordeal by Innocence,” which was written in the 1950s. As with “And Then There Were None,” Sarah Phelps will adapt “Ordeal by Innocence,” a psychological whodunit that Christie rated as one of her personal favorites. It will be executive produced by Hilary Strong and James Prichard for Agatha Christie Productions, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen, and Matthew Read for the BBC.

Other titles so far confirmed include “Death Comes as the End,” a
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‘Homeland’ Writer Patrick Harbinson Pens Thriller ‘Fearless’ for ITV

‘Homeland’ Writer Patrick Harbinson Pens Thriller ‘Fearless’ for ITV
Homeland” writer and executive producer Patrick Harbinson has penned political thriller “Fearless” for U.K. broadcaster ITV. The six-part miniseries will star Helen McCrory, who played Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films and appears in crime drama “Peaky Blinders.”

“Fearless” centers on Emma Blunt, a lawyer known for defending lost causes. She’s investigating the killing of a schoolgirl in rural England and trying to free the man she thinks was wrongly convicted of the girl’s murder. As she digs deeper into the case, she begins to sense powerful forces, in the police and the intelligence services at home and abroad, who want to stop her uncovering the truth.

“’Fearless’ is a legal thriller, but one that’s written in the crash zone where law and politics collide,” said Harbinson, whose credits include “ER” and “24.”

“National security justifies all sorts of police and state over-reach — and the great majority of us are prepared to accept
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Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall Join Agatha Christie’s ‘The Witness for the Prosecution’

Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall Join Agatha Christie’s ‘The Witness for the Prosecution’
“Birdman” and “Bloodline” actress Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall, formerly of “Sex and the City,” and Toby Jones, who was Emmy and BAFTA nominated for playing Alfred Hitchcock in “The Girl,” have joined the cast of Agatha Christie adaptation “The Witness for the Prosecution.”

The two-part drama, adapted by Sarah Phelps, reunites many of the team behind another Christie tale reworked by Phelps, “And Then There Were None,” which was a critical and ratings hit for the BBC last December, with an audience of more than 8 million.

“The Witness for the Prosecution,” adapted from Christie’s 23-page short story of the same title, will be directed by Julian Jarrold (“Kinky Boots,” “The Girl”) and produced by Colin Wratten (“The Musketeers,” “One of Us”).

A+E Networks holds international distribution rights, outside the U.K. and the U.S., and will launch the show at TV market Mipcom in October.

“The Witness for the Prosecution” is a Mammoth Screen and
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Kim Cattrall and Toby Jones to star in new BBC Agatha Christie adaptation

Andrea Riseborough will also appear in The Witness for the Prosecution, which is from the sale team as And Then There Were None

Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall and Dad’s Army actor Toby Jones will star in the BBC’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution.

The two-part drama, which has been adapted by Sarah Phelps from the short story of the same name, will also star Bloodline actor Andrea Riseborough.

Related: BBC’s And Then There Were None puts a darker spin on Agatha Christie

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Russia’s Only Track and Field Athlete Suspended From Rio Olympics

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Russia’s Only Track and Field Athlete Suspended From Rio Olympics
And then there were none. The International Association of Athletics Federations on Saturday suspended Russian track and field athlete Darya Klishina, barring her from competing in the Rio Olympics. The U.S.-based Klishina, 25, had been the sole athlete from Russia’s track team to successfully appeal a ban placed on the entire team in November from competing in the Games following a large-scale, state-sponsored doping scandal in Russia. But following “new information” about Klishina, the Iaaf has suspended the athlete from the games, Reuters reported. Also Read: 7 Takeaways From Explosive Russian Olympic Doping Expose Klishina has immediately appealed to
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Crime Dramas to Watch if You Like ‘The Night Of’

Crime Dramas to Watch if You Like ‘The Night Of’
The Night Of” is one of the most well-reviewed TV series of the year, and it’s not difficult to see why. I’ve seen seven of its eight parts, and I won’t spoil anything, but it continues to be a highly watchable murder mystery and a generally excellent vehicle for capable actors like Bill Camp, John Turturro and Riz Ahmed, among others.

The Night Of” joins a long list of recent crime dramas that have garnered a ton of critical acclaim and sometimes the avid interest of the public as well; a few recommendations for things to watch after (or between episodes of) the HBO drama follow. But first, it’s worth noting how crime, one of TV’s sturdiest genres, has adapted so capably to the storytelling possibilities of the Peak TV era.

It’s not as if the crime drama ever went away, of course. But what’s generally true of this new
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Rival Christie Biopics Seek Vikander, Stone

Sony Pictures wants Alicia Vikander and Paramount Pictures is after Emma Stone with both being lined up to play mystery author Agatha Christie in rival biopics currently in the works at both studios.

Both projects are set during her early career. Sony's version with Vikander follows a proto-feminist Christie uninterested in a traditional wife role and finds her life intersecting with the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle and Winston Churchill. Paramount's version with Stone looks into the famed eleven days where the author went missing in 1926.

The projects are not to be confused with adaptations of her work such as the recent "And Then There Were None" mini-series, the upcoming "Witness for the Prosecution" mini-series, and Kenneth Branagh's new film adaptation of "Murder on the Orient Express" at 20th Century Fox which begins shooting in November.

The two studios require approval from the Christie estate before receiving a green light,
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Alicia Vikander & Emma Stone Courted For Rival Agatha Christie Biopics

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Everything old is new again, and as such, Agatha Christie is suddenly having a bit of a moment. The queen of the murder mystery passed away in 1976, but she still sells millions of books a year, a TV adaptation of “And Then There Were None” was a big hit for the BBC late last […]

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BBC Commissions Agatha Christie Drama ‘The Witness for the Prosecution’

BBC Commissions Agatha Christie Drama ‘The Witness for the Prosecution’
The BBC has commissioned a TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s crime drama “The Witness for the Prosecution” from writer Sarah Phelps, who also adapted Christie’s “And Then There Were None” and J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy.”

The two-parter will be directed by Julian Jarrold (“The Crown,” “Appropriate Adult”) and is produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Prods., and co-produced by Acorn Media Enterprises and A+E Studios. Streaming platform Acorn TV will air the show in the U.S. Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Prods also produced “And Then There Were None,” which garnered an audience of more than 8 million for the BBC and aired on Lifetime in the U.S.

“The Witness for the Prosecution” is set in 1920s London. “A murder, brutal and bloodthirsty, has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse,” the BBC said in a statement. “The victim is the
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BBC Plans New Christie's "Witness" Mini-Series

BBC One has ordered a new two-part TV mini-series adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic "Witness For The Prosecution" which Mammoth Screen, Acorn Media Enterprises/Acorn TV and A+E Studios will produce.

Adapted by Sarah Phelps ("And Then There Were None") and directed by Julian Jarrold ("The Girl"), the work was first published as a short story in 1925 and later became a stage play and the famed 1957 Billy Wilder-directed film starring Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich.

The story is set in 1920s London where a brutal murder of a glamorous young heiress where all the evidence points to Leonard Vole, a young man to whom the heiress left her fortune. He maintains that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine, can prove his innocence.

Source: Deadline
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BBC, Acorn, A+E Call ‘Witness For The Prosecution’; Dudamel Books Vienna – Global Briefs

BBC One has ordered an adaptation of Agatha Christie classic The Witness For The Prosecution. The two-part drama is adapted by Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were None, The Casual Vacancy), directed by Julian Jarrold (The Crown, The Girl) and co-produced by Mammoth Screen (Poldark) and Agatha Christie Productions in association with Acorn Media Enterprises/Acorn TV and A+E Studios. The order comes following last year's three-part Christie thriller And Then There Were None
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Black's "The Predator" To Be "Aliens"-Esque

One of the more anticipated franchise refreshes on the way is that of "The Nice Guys" writer/director Shane Black's ambition to reignite the "Predator" franchise with a new event film which is now targeting a February 9th 2018 release.

Production on the new film is slated to begin this October from a script Black is co-writing with Fred Dekker. Dekker recently appeared on The Movie Crypt Podcast (via EW) and revealed some more details about the project which he says won't adopt the "And Then There Were None" (aka. "Ten Little Indians") approach of a single location and killing off characters one by one which the original "Predator" also used.

Instead, the new one will involve different characters from all over the world and he compares the tone of it to James Cameron's 1986 classic "Aliens":

"If you think of the first Predator as Alien, ours is much more Aliens.
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 18-24

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Revenant"

Leo's ready to come home with you this week. Leonardo DiCaprio had a bear of a time making this historical drama, but he won his first Oscar for it, and Alejandro Inarritu won his second in a row for directing. "The Revenant," which also picked up an Oscar for Cinematography, is finally out on DVD/Blu-ray on April 19. Blu-ray extras include "A World Unseen," a documentary of "The Revenant."

"The Lady in the Van"

Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd in this British dramedy based on the true story of an eccentric elderly woman who "temporarily" parks her van in Alan Bennett's driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. The critically acclaimed film, based on Bennett's memoir,
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And Then There Were None: Lifetime airs BBC’s Agatha Christie miniseries

BBC One’s hit miniseries And Then There Were None, based on Agatha Christie’s 1939 masterpiece, makes its U.S. debut Sunday and Monday on Lifetime. Boasting an international cast toplined by Game of Thrones favorite Charles Dance, Peaky BlindersSam Neill, Oscar nominee Miranda Richardson and Black SailsToby Stephens, None tells the story of 10 strangers with secretive pasts who are lured to remote Soldier Island as Europe marches toward World War II. Unable to escape, hostless and each accused of a terrible crime, the castaways begin dying under curious circumstances, leaving survivors scrambling to uncover the killer among them — or … Continue reading →

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